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Tuffy lobbies for pool in Lucan  IAN BEGLEY

THERE is a growing need for a public swimming pool in Lucan as the population of the town has increased significantly over the years, according to Labour’s Deputy Joanna Tuffy. “If people from Lucan want to swim they have to travel outside the town, which is very inconvenient for some people,” she said. Deputy Tuffy raised the issue in the

Dail, asking the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, for his view on the needs for a public swimming pool in Lucan. In response to her question Minister of State for Sports and Tourism Michael Ring said: “The current round of the local authority swimming pool programme was closed to new applications on July 31, 2000.” Full Story on Page 3

Green fingers: Scoil Mhuire reaps healthy and tasty harvest CAROLINE VASCONCELOS of Scoil Mhuire was there as the school held its first ever Harvest Festival recently. It celebrated the wonderful food grown in the fruit and vegetable gardens. The theme of this year’s festival was Science is Fun in

a School Garden. There were many interesting and interactive exhibits on display in the school hall as well as a garden produce shop offering an array of tasty treats. . Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

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There is a growing need for Lucan to have a public swimming pool as the population of the town has increased significantly over the years, according to Dublin Mid West TD Joanna Tuffy (Lab). Speaking to the Gazette, Deputy Tuffy said: “I feel like it’s important for Lucan to have a public swimming pool because it’s a very big and growing developing area. “If people from Lucan want to swim they have to travel outside the tow n, which is ver y inconvenient for some people. “Out of all sports I think swimming is really important because people don’t necessarily have to be very athletic to enjoy it. I also think it’s a very important

skill to learn because it can save your life,” said Deputy Tuffy. Deputy Tuffy raised the issue in the Dail recently, asking the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, for his views on the need for a public swimming pool for Lucan. In response to her question Minister of State for Sports and Tourism Michael Ring responded by saying: “T he current round of the local authority swimming pool programme was closed to new applicants on July 31, 2000. “No decision has been taken on the timing of a new round of the programme. If the programme re-opens it would be open to each local authority to submit an application under the terms that would apply at that time,” said Minister Ring. Responding to his statement, Deputy Tuffy, said she is going to continue pressing the Government to reopen the swimming

Joanna Tuffy TD believes it’s important for Lucan to have a public swimming pool

pool programme because of the multiple benefits it would bring to local communities. “I suppose trying to get the Government to reopen [this programme] would be the most valuable amenity of all,” said the TD. Lucan community worker and festival chairman Joe By rne agrees that the need for a public swimming pool is of primary importance in Lucan.

He believes that if one was built it would be used to its full capacity. “Of course there’s a big need for a public swimming pool in Lucan. I take my own grandson over to Clondalkin for swimming lessons and there are always other children from L u c a n t h e r e ,” s a i d Byrne. “With the growing number of people living in Lucan I would say that if we did have a

swimming pool here it would be fully utilised. “There has always been a lot of agitation for one as soon as we built the community centre in Griffeen. It’s obvious that a swimming pool should have been built next to it. “Children should learn to swim at a very young age. It is a vital skill that saves lives and is a sport that any age group can avail of,” said Byrne.

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charity: people urged to think twice before buying pets

memoir Dunphy in town for signing

Animals are more than a festive gift CLONDALKIN charity Animal Ark, says there are still many people who return their pets after getting them during the Christmas period. Animal Ark said that people choosing to take on a pet during Christmas should think carefully about the significant impact that a dog will have on their lives. Amanda Haskins, a representative from Animal Ark, believes people who return their pets to animal shelters or to their previous owners do not take into consideration the sheer workload involved in keeping a pet. Speaking to the Gazette, Haskins said:

“Some people don’t realise that taking care of a puppy takes a lot of time and patience. They’re always going to do bad things when they’re first introduced into a new home, like ripping up cushions or going to the toilet on the floor. You have to be willing to take the time to train a puppy because they don’t understand that what they’re doing is wrong. “A lot of parents think that bringing a new dog into their home will be great for their children to look after, but many who return them don’t take into consideration the big workload involved.

“When a puppy is returned or passed on to a new owner it disrupts their wellbeing by having to adapt to a new environment and new owners all over again. “A dog is not just for Christmas. You have to be patient and also need to be able to commit to something that’s going to significantly change your life. A dog is like a child who needs love and care. “If you’re willing to put the time and effort into looking after a dog then it will probably be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Personally, I would not like to have a house without a pet,” said Haskins.

That’s fancy: Contract People raise €4,500 for children’s hospice general manager of Contract People Tom Davis, his wife

Lisa and baby Harvey got into the Halloween spirit as the outsourced sales and merchandising company hosted a fundraising Halloween kids party in its warehouse in Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole. A total of €4,500 was raised for the children’s hospice LauraLynn House, from both three weeks of online fundraising and the party, which saw over 50 children of staff, clients and friends get dressed in their best costumes.

TV personality and football pundit Eamon Dunphy will be in Liffey Valley to promote his new book - The Rocky Road. On Saturday, November 16, Dunphy will be in Easons at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre at 2pm where he will sign copies of his book. His memoir is one of the most anticipated Irish autobiographies of recent times. Spanning a career of 30 years, his views on Irish sport, politics and culture have seen him in the spotlight for many different reasons. Now he tells the story of his own life. Dunphy will also be in Eason’s in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on the same day at 11.30am.

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rubbish ‘Residents paying property tax expect better’

Council regrets problem with bin service  ian begley

OVERFLOWING bins have become a concern for residents and business

owners in Lucan Village recently. Cllr William Lavelle (FG) noticed the overflowing bins in the Lucan

area and has since raised the issue at the latest South Dublin County Council meeting. “On Sunday, November 3, I observed three litter bins overflowing in Lucan Village. “In one case, the area around the bin was heavily and disgustingly littered. I took photos of the overflowing litter bins and sent these to council managers on Sunday evening,” he said. “I rang the head of the counci’s environmental services to complain. On the following Tuesday morning, on foot of my intervention, three council staff attended at

9.30am to empty bins and tidy the area.” Staff from Kenny’s Pub in the village told the Gazette that the overflowing bins and litter around Lucan were “atrocious”. They said they knew that there was a terrible problem with litter last week around Lucan village and that the place was filthy. At the November council meeting, Cllr Lavelle addressed the issue of the unemptied bins, saying: “I find it very hard to explain why bins are not emptied on a Sunday. “I find it much harder to justify why bins are not emptied on a Monday,

and I find it absolutely impossible to explain why the areas around the bins were not swept given that

rates and residents who now pay their property tax expect better from their council.


‘In one case, the area around the bin was heavily and disgustingly littered’ --------------------------------------------------------

Cllr William Lavelle (FG)


Lucan Village is supposed to have a permanent hand-cart service. “If it was not for the hard work of Lucan Tidy Towns, of which I am a volunteer member, Lucan village would be a lot worse littered. “Businesses who pay

“I call for an introduction of weekend emptying of bins and a more flexible approach to using council resources and budgets to address litter black spots,” said Cllr Lavelle. Speaking to the Gazette, a council spokesperson acknowledged the prob-

lems with the overflowing bins in Lucan Village, and said they had since dealt with the standard of work procedures. “I can confirm that the council were dealing with issues regarding the implementation of standard work procedures last week, which did affect operations in the environmental services department on November 6. “The operations within the environmental department are no longer affected. “However, we do regret t h e i n c o nve n i e n c e s caused to members of the public,” said the council representative.

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Policing Opening hours and staffing levels untouched

Garda Station to stay open in Rathcoole  ian begley

RATHCOOLE Garda Station will remain open and maintain its current opening hours and staffing levels for 2014-15, Justice Minister Alan Shatter has confirmed. This news comes as a relief to local residents after it was announced last year that there was a possibility that the station could close. A representative from Rathcoole Community Centre welcomed the

news, believing that there would be a lot of negative impacts for the community if the station had closed. She said: “It’s great news that the Garda station in Rathcoole will remain open. The population is increasing in our area and I think an operating Garda station is very important for the community. “We also have an awful lot of elderly people in Rathcoole, and if the Garda Station shut down I think they would

feel very vulnerable.” Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald described Alan Shatter’s announcement as “right and appropriate”. She said: “Having worked on this issue for a number of years, and having drafted a letter to Minister Shatter expressing the strong conviction that Rathcoole Garda Station is an essential service for the surrounding communities, I was delighted to receive confirmation from him that

Rathcoole Garda Station has been confirmed to remain open

the station will maintain its current operational levels for 2014 and 2015.” Local Cllr Gus O’Connell (Ind) said he was very happy that the station will remain open and believes that its closure would have a multitude of negative aspects. “As the chair of South Dublin County Joint Policing Committee, I’m

delighted that common sense and good judgement prevailed and I hope that the Garda station will remain open for the long run,” said Cllr O’Connell. “I think if the station was to close it would be removing a vital asset to the Rathcoole community. Vulnerable members of Rathcoole would also be at an increased risk.”

“Rathcoole is one of the most rural parts of the county and it needs to be sustained. A Garda presence there can also act as back-up for Clondalkin, Tallaght and Lucan if needs be. “If the station was to close, then it would put further strain on those three other Garda s t a t i o n s ,” s a i d C l l r O’Connell.

Council Civic set to host ‘inclusive’ evening South Dublin County Council is excited to introduce Celebration o f S o c i a l I n cl u s i o n through the Performing Arts as part of Social Inclusion Awareness Week. Celebration is a much anticipated event that showcases the talent and creativity in the South Dublin County. There are a variety of acts on the night, including opera singers, gymnasts, choirs and lots more. The event takes place at 8pm in the Civic Centre, Tallaght, on Sunday, November 17. Tickets are available at €5 from the Civic Theatre Booking Office or

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opinion ‘Connectivity comes with a price’ – Fitzgerald

Helping to keep our kids safe on the Net Parents and teachers need to educate themselves and their children to make the right choices online and an increasing range of tools is becoming available to help them, writes the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald. A recent study esti-

mates that a fifth of Irish teenagers have accessed inappropriate content online that disturbed them. Even more alarmingly, the same study indicates that up to 10% of teenagers may have met up with someone they met online. These worrying trends– along with the well-documented increase in cyberbullying

in Ireland – place new and ever greater pressures on parents and educators. Today’s teenagers have grown up in a world of unprecedented technological advancement and connectivity. Indeed, they have been online almost from the age they could walk. In many cases, their

technological know-how matches or outstrips that of their parents, meaning mothers and fathers may be ill-equipped to provide guidance and boundaries for online behaviour. Connectivity comes with a price. Besides the more sinister dangers of cyberbullying and online predators, there are other less obvious dangers. A teenager may not be aware of their huge online footprint until the day they discover they have a huge online footprint. Each time your child posts a picture on Facebook or details their activities on social media, it might have negative consequences for future school, work or other life options. However, it is vital for parents and educators to realise that a growing number of options are available to them to tackle these very serious risks. There needs to be a change in attitude, whereby parents don’t only ask their children “how did you get on in school today”, but discuss with them “how did you

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald

get on online today”. We need to teach our kids about what it means to be responsible online. This Government has committed to giving Ireland’s children the best possible opportunities from the earliest possible age, and that includes from an online point of view. This week, along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, I attended the launch of online security company McAfee’s Online Safety for Kids programme in Ireland. In response to the findings from its Irish Digital Divide Study – which highlights how teens increasingly keep their parents in the dark about their activities online – McAfee is rolling out a number of pilot programmes, which An Taoiseach and I are

enthusiastically supporting. To date, 80 McAfee volunteers in Cork have taught at more than 30 schools and community centres, reaching more than 3,000 young people, parents and teachers. To take the programme to a national level, McAfee will leverage the power of Intel, Ireland’s largest employer, to join forces on volunteer efforts. In 2014, it is hoped that more than 10,000 kids in Ireland will come into contact with the McAfee Online Safety for Kids programme. McAfee is also creating a youth ambassador programme that will leverage youth in their transition years to teach online safety for kids in local primary and secondary schools.

McAfee aims to leverage the youth in the nonformal education sector via its partnership with Foroige. Sean Campbell, chief executive, Foroige, says: “As an organisation that works with close to 60,000 young people across the country, we know how fundamentally important this initiative is. Foroige is committed to empowering young people to use technology to make the world a better place, but this can only happen if we fortify our young people with the knowledge and skills to navigate the online world safely.” There are a number of other simple steps parents can take to engage with their children about their online activity. First, oneto-one communication is vital – take time to understand how your children use the internet, and only then assess whether further intervention may be necessary. As parents, we must challenge ourselves to keep up to speed with technological changes, so that we can do the best for our children both on- and offline.

Frances Fitzgerald Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

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Peter Sheridan, Caroline Flanagan, Vicky Callaghan, Martin Mc Donagh,

Paul and Sharon Thompson

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get-together: sarsfield park estate residents hold a reunion


RGANISED by Caroline Flanagan and Kim Waldron, past and present residents of Sarsfield Park Estate got together for a great party recently, where they looked back and celebrated the neighbourly spirit of the estate down through the years. Many late residents were fondly remembered in photo montages, while, looking forward, everyone was also happy to use the night to help fundraise for Pieta House. More than 250 people came along to the party at the Lucan Spa Hotel, from as far afield as America, with some having not seen their old friends in up to 30 years.

DJs Joe Keegan and Paul Costello. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Kellie Waldron and Louise Waldron Emma O’Connor

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schools: scoil mhuire comes third in a contest

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UPILS at Scoil Mhuire were very excited to hold a prize giving ceremony recently, at which one of the school’s classes came third in a nationwide GIY Sow and Grow competition. To add to the day’s excitement, a harvest atmosphere was added thanks to some imagi-

native use of hay, home-made meals, and even some live chickens, all of which helped underline the pupil’s interest in growing their own healthy, nutritious foods. Parents and teachers joined the praise from a GIY representative from head office, who said the pupils had set a wonderful example for others in the area.

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Help for Moldova


HE Shelbourne Hotel recently played host to a glittering gathering in aid of the Irish charity, Outreach Moldova, which works extensively with orphaned, abandoned and abused children with special needs, as well as children with terminal illnesses, in the Republic of Moldova.

Fashion, fine dining and live entertainment were the order of the fundraising evening, with a number of well-known faces both addressing the audience, as well as attending. The evening was a great success, helping to raise vitallyneeded funds, as well as raising awareness of the children’s dire needs in Moldova.

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A true cultural icon since his RTE heyday in the early 1980s, Bosco’s using his star power to help highlight a recycling initiative that will also help LauraLynn Hospice

a day in the life: national treasure helps Lauralynn Spread a little sunshine

Bosco loves his jim-jams and a sausage sandwich  NATALIE BURKE

For anyone growing up in the 1980s, chances are you were a big fan of that friendly red-headed fellow from RTE. With an afternoon slot each weekday afternoon, Bosco was eager to be pals with everyone, loved the colour green, always got a kick out of washing cars and called a brightly-coloured wooden box his home. That box is still his favourite place.

He’s got a ladder that goes down, shelves for all his books, a little wardrobe for his clothes and a green stripey duvet on his bed. The magic door was always Bosco’s outside, taking him on trips to the zoo, and while he makes fewer appearances on TV these days, the popular puppet still makes the most of his days out – one of which took him to Cork City recently. “I got up at half seven and I had

my porridge,” he said. “Then I made a sausage sandwich to bring with me for my lunch. Then I got into a big van and went on a big long drive to Cork.” Bosco was making an appearance at the Everyman Theatre in Cork, as part of a Lambert Puppet Theatre show. “It was a very long drive but I love looking out the window at the cows and the sheep. I’m always excited about meeting all the boys and girls!” When a tired Bosco got home, he had

scrambled eggs and tomatoes on toast for his tea. “Then I put my jim-jams on, got a blanket and a hot water bottle and watched a bit of telly before I went to bed. I love Thomas the Tank Engine and Winnie the Pooh!” Bosco is raising awareness of Lauralynn’s Spread a Little Sunshine campaign encouraging all the “boys and girls” of Dublin to recycle their batteries with WEEE Ireland this month. www.

Actress and playwright Elizabeth Moynihan will showcase her latest play, Marvel, at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. The story of Marvel takes place in a hotel room in Dublin on the night of September 28, 2008. The play examines the relationship between Marvel, a young girl trafficked from Liberia, working as an escort, and Dion, a married trader in financial futures and hedge funds. Exploring the dynamics of sexual and economic power, the play burns with their particular passions, but also serves as a devastating commentary on the cycle of boom and bust – and the effect it has on its human victims. Marvel will be officially released at the Project Arts Centre on November 13 at 8.15pm, and will continue until Saturday, November 23. For more information on Moynihan’s latest play email or phone 01-8819613.


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Author Cecilia Ahern celebrated the completion of her latest novel, How to Fall in Love, with some champagne in at Gibney’s in Malahide

PS I toast me, says A SUCCESSFUL Dublin writer has bigged-up her local boozer this week, after revealing it’s her first port of call after she puts the final touches to her highly-acclaimed books. Cecilia Ahern gave Gibney’s of Malahide a complimentary plug as she chatted to Ryan Tu b r i d y d u r i n g h e r appearance on a recent episode of RTE’s Late Late Show. The author was promoting the release of her latest – and tenth – novel, How to Fall in Love. When Ryan asked her about her post-book treat to herself, Cecilia said she likes to celebrate with a glass of champagne in her local. “It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. I go in and I think Barry Gibney knows at this stage that,

if I’m on my own, having a glass of champagne, I’ve finished a book and we celebrate.” So, next time she’s due to finish a book, pop down to Gibney’s and you might get to join her in a glass of bubbly as she toasts her latest work!

Bosco takes up new residence WE were wondering where this little redheaded fellow had gone, but this week The Diary heard that Bosco – the childhood friend of anyone who grew up in the 1980s – has been busy moving house. Ireland’s favourite puppet took up residence in his new home last week in order to raise awareness for LauraLy nn Hospice’s Spread a Little Sunshine campaign.

His aim is to encourage all the “boys and girls” of Dublin to recycle their batteries, with every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland going towards a fund for the hospice for children. His new home was created out of a special WEEE Ireland blue battery box, which are on display in retailers across Ireland and are the easiest way for people to recycle their batteries for free. Speaking about the campaign, Bosco said: “My new house is made from a WEEE Ireland blue battery box and I hope that this will raise awareness of just how easy it is to recycle your waste batteries by popping them into the blue battery boxes in retailers around Ireland.”

nadia launches her calendar IT SEEMS that calendar season is well under way once again this year, but long gone are the days of choosing between the latest pop band and baby animals and, instead, a calendar girl from our very own turf has arrived. Dubliner and model Nadia Forde has launched her very own 2014 calendar – meaning that Christmas shopping for the men in our lives is pretty much sorted. After her acting debut in RTE’s The Republic of Telly, and a brief singing stint performing the Irish National Anthem at the Aviva stadium for the recent World Cup qualifier, it was only a matter of time before her next project came to light.

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Cecilia after completion of 10th book Shot on location in Los Angeles, the calendar features the model in an array of sultry poses, and promises to “get the pulses of men here in Ireland racing”. We’ll let you be the judge of that! The Nadia Forde Official 2014 Calendar is available to buy now for €10.99; see or

borat gives you good scare yes! A DUBLIN politician was scared witless this past Halloween, after a frightening sight met his eyes around Swords’ Main Street. Speaking to The Gazette, the north Dub-

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lin councillor said it had been a relatively quiet Halloween night around Swords – until Borat’s doppelganger went trickor-treating in the busy area. “The scariest thing I saw on Halloween night was a guy in a mankini making his way up Main Street,” the local representative said, still appearing quite shaken from the eerie episode, referring to the ... distinctive type of sling swimsuit worn by brave men. It seems members of the local Garda also narrowly escaped a run-in with the scarcely dressed man. “He was walking past Swords Garda Station

and his mates were joking, telling him to go in, but he was having none of it,” said the councillor.

join in on the reindeer run CHILDREN will be keeping their eyes skywards over the coming weeks, in anticipation of the annual RNLI Reindeer Run and its return to Dublin. Santa’s faithful friends will be returning once again next month in an effort to help Dublin raise funds for the charity’s work in saving lives at sea. The annual event has become a firm favourite with families, runners and walkers since it first

began four years ago, many of whom don their best antlers to join in the fun. The event is being held on Sunday, December 1 in Marlay Park, with a 5km and 10km walk or run, and a special 1km Santa Saunter for children. The lifeboat crew from Howth RNLI helped to launch the Reindeer Run recently and were joined by Rookie the RNLI Reindeer and lifeboat dog, Laika. Registration is now open and costs €10 for the saunter, €21 for the 5km and €23 for the 10km. Further information is available at www.rnli. org/reindeer.

Howth RNLI volunteer crewman Joss Walsh joined Rookie the Reinder and Laika, the lifeboat dog, to launch this year’s upcoming Reindeer Run


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special delivery: local entrepreneur brings welcome succour to the masses

Making mornings-after bearable A unique enterprise that provides Dublin’s night-owls with a hangover delivery service is becoming increasingly popular, with over 32,000 likes on Facebook. The Dublin Hangover Service (DHS), set up by Dundrum local James Bull, first launched in June with the aim of delivering any type of comfort food to hangover sufferers during the weekend. DHS presently delivers to nine different residential areas in Dublin during the weekend, providing those who

had one too many with a selection of hangover remedies, such as fast foods, cold drinks, breakfast rolls, chocolate bars, etc. Speaking to the Gazette, James who studies computer science in Griffith College, believes his service is of great benefit to those who don’t feel like going shopping after a night out on the town. “Our website acts like a shopping list. If you want a can of Coke, a Big Mac from McDonalds, a breakfast roll or whatever, you simply tick select the item on our menu, type in your

address and credit card details, and we’ll deliver it straight to your door.” When delivering the food wish-list for his customers he said some people come up to the door with not a care in the world, dressed in dressing gowns, no make-up on and messy bed hair. They are the people that just don’t want to “step out their front door”. James decided to set up DHS during his summer break from college, and, with the support of friends, his business rapidly started to attract attention. “At the start of my

James Bull, who set up the unique Dublin Hangover Service

summer break, I came up with the idea to start a hangover delivery business. I thought it was something that would do really well in Dublin, especially among stu-

dents,” said James. “I’ve always been a creative person and when the DHS Facebook page took off like wildfire I knew it had the potential to be some-

thing big. “My friends are also helping me out a lot as well, which I really appreciate. We’re in the process of developing an iPhone app that will be

available to download shortly.” Following the immense popularity of his business, James had been asked to talk about the DHS on several media outlets including TV3,, and DHS operates between 10am and 3pm on Saturday and Sundays in Dundrum, Rathfarnham, Churchtown, Ballinteer, Clonskeagh, Goatstown, Terenure, Milltown and Tallaght. For more information on the Dublin Hangover Service visit www.thedublinhangoverservice. ie.

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features fundRAISING: making a difference to heart charity

Every day is a thank-you in special children’s calendar  ian begley

Dublin parents Aoife and John O’Driscoll have organised a calendar to raise funds for Heart Children Ireland, an organisation which supported their daughter, Saoirse, who was born with a complex heart defect (CHD) in 2010. Lucan residents Aoife and husband John organised the first Heart Children Ireland calendar, which features pictures of children with the condition in some of Ireland’s most pictur-

esque settings. Aoife told the Gazette: “We’re trying to help Heart Children Ireland raise much-needed funds through our calendar because they’ve given us so much support with our daughter, Saoirse. “Our daughter had numerous procedures performed on her heart and an operation on her lung. Heart Children Ireland has been great in helping us to understand her condition and deal with everything a lot better.” The calendars have

been put together at no cost to Heart Children Ireland, and were compiled through voluntary work and donations from various companies and suppliers who gave up their time to be part of this campaign. Heart Children Ireland intend using 50% of the money raised to purchase equipment needed for the new cardiac unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and the other half will fund their family support and counselling service. Aoife and her hus-

band managed to obtain a sponsor to cover the print cost of the calendar and were also successful in getting Chill Insurance on board. Speaking at the launch, head of marketing for Chill Insurance Fergal Lynch said: “The calendar is a testament to all the volunteers at the charity who worked tirelessly to make this happen and will help raise much-needed funds for the charity to continue to support the parents and families of those affected by CHD.”

Love Hate actor Mark Dunne helps launch Heart Children Ireland’s charity calendar along with three -year-old Saoirse O’ Driscoll from Lucan

Also speaking at the launch, Margaret Rogers, chief executive of Heart Children Ireland, said: “As a charity in a recession, we rely even more on the goodness of people and their generous donations to help children who are born with CHD,” said Margaret.

Love/Hate star Mark Dunne and several members of Dublin GAA also showed their support by making an appearance at the launch. Among the others who helped out were calendar designer Naoise Clarke and Molly’s Cupcakes which provided all the

calendar participants and sponsors with cupcakes. Calendars can be bought at €10 through or from Healthcare Express pharmacies nationwide. They also are available from the calendar club in Liffey Valley.


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More ways to save money THIS week, the Money Doctor continues his series on saving cash. With more than 100 top tips to dip into, he’s sure to have plenty of ideas you haven’t thought of. However, if you have any cash-saving suggestions of your own that you’d like to share, please send them to

58. Walk Good for the body, pocket and your dependency on cars.

grace mcaleese, the wright venue

Wright on track to be the biggest in clubland Grace McAleese is known to her colleagues at the Wright Venue offices as The Oracle. Grace is a familiar face around the Dublin entertainment industry. A frequent traveller to gain inspiration from clubs and venues around the world, Grace has visited Hong Kong, Bali and Ibiza this year to

name but a few. After training as a dog groomer in LA, Grace decided it wasn’t for her and wanted to try her hand at entertainament and events. After working on the opening of the Wright Venue, she knew she had made the right decision and has never looked back.

How long have you been in business?

What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession?

I have worked for The Wright Venue for four-and-a-half years, I started a month before it opened.

What makes your business successful?

The Wright Venue is the biggest nightclub in Ireland, constantly adapting to new ideas. The brand is really creative and we are at the forefront of the Irish clubbing scene, showcasing international music stars. We’ve just booked Boney M for Christmas. What other nightclub would you see that in? What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

We are a global clubbing experience. We bring elements from all over the world to bring people the best night out. As we say, it’s not the years that count but the nights you’ve spent partying with us. The Wright Venue strives to bring the best DJs and entertainment to Ireland. Rapper 50 Cent was so impressed by the club when he visited that he offered to buy it.

How has the recession impacted your business?

We find people are only going out one night at the weekend rather than two nights like they used to so we therefore have to work harder at repeat business, new business and generating exciting packages to attract customers.

In order to compete in the increasingly competitive market, we have hugely invested in our product offering. We have just opened Baroque, our new club on the third floor of the Wright Venue which caters to a more mature audience. We are also getting set to launch Hogs and Heifers, an exciting addition to the Dublin dining scene that is open to all, welcoming families, parties and pre-clubbers.

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, etc) to help your business?

Current lywe have 64k Facebook fans and nearly 15k Twitter fans. I manage a team of about 25 ambassadors that utilise social media to promote our club and this in turn gives us a bigger reach and network of clubbers.

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Never answer a question yes or no without fully understanding the outcome.

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

Because it’s local, all businesses want to help each other to do well. There is great team spirit in the area and we have a lot of symbiotic relationships with the local businesses, both large and small.

to switch off the heating when away – even for weekends, and especially at the onset of summer.

59. Use public transport It’s great and actually much more economical than maintaining your own car.

63. Boiler If your boiler is more than 10 years old, you could consider replacing it with a new condenser boiler – this has more efficient use of energy and should repay installation costs within two years.

60. Home heating oil Shop around through the various home heating companies looking for economies. Paying upfront for the year’s oil requirements may reap dividends.

64. Investigate grant options Avail of the energy grants for improving the efficiency of your home – there are a number available, check out

61. Insulate your house and pipes You will save hundreds of euro through saving your heat loss.

More great advice on lifestyle and miscellaneous cutting of costs in my next set of tips ...

62. Home heating Turn your thermostat down just 1% and you can save as much as 10% of the actual cost. Remember

 Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

technology: a new range of products on offer

Next-gen tablets and tellies at Harvey Norman Harvey Norman, Ireland’s largest electrical retailer, continues to bring the best in technology to its Irish stores and in the run up to Christmas it has added some interesting products to its range. For those turning to the tablet, leaving the PC and Laptop behind, Harvey Norman stocks the highly awaited LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. The popular brand re-enters the Irish and UK tablet market with this impressive tablet. This is the first of its size to offer full HD display and is the latest ground-breaking addition to LG’s G Series line-up of premium mobile devices. Har vey Norman exclusively brought the device in the Irish mar-

ket at the end of October through its retail and online stores. This forms part of the global roll-out of the G Pad 8.3, which will also go on sale in over 30 other key markets by the end of 2013. “T he introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 is another great step in design and technology from LG and shows that the G Series is going from strength to strength,” said Andy Coughlin, head of mobile for LG UK. “Just like the LG G2, the G Pad 8.3 delivers cutting-edge technology in a slim and sleek form, and is just the product for our re-entry into the UK tablet market.” Meanwhile, for those looking to splash out this year Harvey Nor-

The new LG tablet on offer at Harvey Norman

man has the new LG C u r ve d O L E D T V, another exclusive for the retail giant. The new LG Curved OLED TV is available online to order and customers can view and purchase the product in selected stores now. Customers will be able to visit Har vey Norman Dublin at Car-

rickmines and Swords to see LG’s latest TV revolution. The stunning curved design ensures your eyes are equal distance from all parts of the screen, providing an entirely natural viewing experience. S e e w w w. h a r ve y for further details.

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help derry find a home as your new family pet

Aoife Cogan with her Bernese mountain dog Wilson and vet Pete Wedderburn with golden retreiver Ben at the start of the Pedigree Dental Care Month. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

pet care: tv vet’s advice for owners to care for animal’s dental health

Pete’s plan for healthy pets  natalie burke

Respected vet Pete Wedderburn, or Pete the Vet as many Irish TV viewers know him, is helping dogs this month with their oral health. Pete, who owns his own practice in Co Wicklow, is best known for his appearances as Pete the Vet on Irish TV, talking pet-owners nationwide through dealing with everyday pet problems. He can usually be spotted with dog treats in one hand and a happy puppy in the other. With the popular vet helping to promote a free oral health campaign for dogs this month, Pete took time out from his hectic schedule to chat to the Gazette about his latest project.

It’s estimated that 80% of Irish dogs suffer from gum disease and the latest oral health campaign, which was launched by Pete, along with Pedigree DentaStix and model Aoife Cogan, is running throughout the month of November. The campaign aims to educate dog owners of the critical importance of good dental care for dogs, as the problem is compounded by a lack of awareness of the issue, with 90% of dog owners believing their dogs have healthy teeth and gums. It is also estimated that 4 out of 5 dogs suffer from Periodontal (gum) disease making it one of the biggest issues facing Irish dogs. Throughout November, participating vets across the country are donat-

ing their time to provide free checks for their customers. “A lot of people haven’t a clue what’s going on in their pets’ mouths whereas they pay a great attention to make sure their pets’ coats are nice, clean and shiny,” explained Pete. The campaign hopes to get people looking at their pets’ gums. While some people may think that their dogs have always been fine without a toothbrush, Pete says that with the constant development of science surrounding pet health, it has emerged that pets with healthy mouths live longer than pets with diseased mouths. “When an animal chews, the bacteria in their mouth go into the bloodstream, into their hearts and kidneys and they’re more likely to develop kid-

ney or heart diseases, which are common problems in older dogs.” The three signs to spot for gum disease in your dog are behaviour, bad breath and bleeding gums, says Pete. “Once identified, the next step in maintaining good canine oral health care is a dental check-up. During dental care month 2013, we are helping dog owners to get into the habit of making their dog’s oral health a priority by offering a free dental care check-up so that any issues can be identified, treated and a regular dental care regime, including tooth brushing can be started at home.” For a list of participating vets in Ireland, check out the Pedigree Ireland Facebook page at

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Derry, a one-year-old whippet cross. Derry arrived at Dogs Trust in very poor condition from the pound but is now definitely on the mend. She is partially sighted but this does not hinder her in any way. She has made lots and lots of friends here, both human and canine, and loves nothing more than to play all day long! She would do well in a home with another doggie and with a family who will enjoy teaching her new things! If you think you can offer Derry a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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Special gift guide

SANTA IS coming to town, and he’s not the only one with a list to check off. To help all you shoppers out there, The Gazette is bringing its first Christmas Gift Guide to you this week From kids toys to curlers, the latest in techonolgy to the old reliable book, there is something for all the family. There is also a number of household items to help get homes spruced up and ready for the festive season.

The Longest Road €14.99

Grooming Set €39

Garmin Golf Watch €169

Wireless Speaker €199

For him…

Dubarry Quilted Jacket €400

Tiger Bear Slippers €7




to help make it easier to check off items on that ever growing list.


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Lindor gets festive for the chocoholics

BaByliss Curl Secret €159

Declan Killen Silver Pendant €142

YSL Blush Collector €49

Nature Therapy Gift Hamper €29.50

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick €30

For her…

Aubergine Hand Painted Bag €145 Red Herringbone Bag €135

Lancome In Love Cubes €46

EASTER may be the time of year to gorge on chocolate, but actually Christmas is just as good a time as any and with so many chocolate makers adding festive cheer it is hard not to want more. The best gift you could give someone this Christmas is yummy, scrummy chocolate. Who doesn’t like a little treat at Christmas? As a gift to yourself or others, check out the Lindt Chocolate Christmas Range. For many years, Lindt chocolate has played an important part in the giving of gifts and treats at Christmas. And this Christmas will be no exception. Along with all the Christmas classic favourites such as Lindt Santa’s, Lindt Reindeers as well as the much loved Lindt Bear and the classic Lindt Lindor range, Lindt will once again have a wide range of delectable chocolate creations and edible tree decorations to enhance the Christmas experience throughout the country. Lindt Lindor will help you make a statement this Christmas and is available in all good retailers nationwide. Look out for special promotional prices of in all leading retailers this Christmas.


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Tuck into fine festive fare without breaking the bank

Littlewoods Ireland, Furby Boom €67

CHRISTMAS dinner doesn’t have to break the bank this season, thanks to Lidl and its finest mouthwatering Deluxe products available over the festive months. Due to popular demand all the favourites have been brought into play with the addition of a few little extras. From sumptuous starters to traditional turkey, delectable desserts to classic cheeses, all accompanied by an array of tasted and rated wines, you need look no further for the finest fes-

Mattel Monster High 13 Wishes Party Doll Assortment €28rrp

tive fare.

Heatons One Direction chocolate bar and ceramic mug €7

Recipe cards containing brand ambassador Paul Flynn’s Christmas recipes will be available in

stores from mid November so you can try out his

dishes, specially designed for Lidl, with all products available in stores throughout the festive season. Recipes include roast duck with orange whiskey

glaze, roast turkey and Belotta ham served with

brussel sprout mash and christmas ice cream cake with nougat and sticky plums.

Choose from Lidl’s luxurious range of start-

ers: from smooth Belgian pate (€2.49) and Scottish

smoked salmon (€9.99, 900g) to wild crab meat and

crab claws (both €3.29) and west Cork garlic breaded mussels (€2.69), guests will not be disappointed. Check out your nearest store for details.

Harvey Norman iGuy cover €39.95

Magic Forest Toys available at Swoop €45

Mattel Hot Wheels Triple Track Twister Trackset €60rrp


Peter Pauper Ready Steady Draw… Christmas, Kilkenny €13.95

Wood Puzzle Man available at M&S €11


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For the home…

Debenhams Reindeer pillow €43.50

Accessorize Tree Ornament €4.90

Harvey Norman Kitchen Aid €539 Harvey Norman LG 55” Curved OLED TV €8,999

Heatons Standing Penguin decoration €16




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Funky Christmas Jumper - Bling Santa €39.99 Funky Christmas Jumper - Extreme Santa €39.99 Deadly Christmas Jumper - Are We There Yet €39.95

You can’t go wrong with a gift card for this giving season GIFTS come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes the smallest are the most treasured, so why not give a gift card this Christmas? What will I buy them? It’s a problem for many shoppers trying to get the best present for an aunt, brother, granny or any other fussy relative or friend. So to make things easier, retailers, outlets and shopping centres have the answer – a gift card. Who doesn’t like going to the cinema? So an Odeon Cinema gift card is definitely one that is going to be used. It’s a perfect stocking filler for everyone in the family. These gift cards can be used to buy tickets in Odeon cinemas and online at and to buy food, drink and most other retail items sold in participating Odeon cinemas in Ireland. Dundrum Town Centre also has the Dundrum Gift Card another perfect gift solution for Christmas. Whether wrapped up under the tree or sitting snuggly in Christmas stockings, this card will suit everyone’s Christmas wishes. Available in any amount from €10 the Dundrum Town Centre Gift card is redeemable at over 148 outlets throughout the centre. The Dundrum Town Centre Gift Card is a preloaded debit card and works off the MasterCard platform. The card is available to purchase at Gift Card Desk at Dundrum Town Centre – on The Gallery, adjacent to Monsoon. For more information or to purchase a Dundrum Town Centre Gift card online, go to Meanwhile, if you’re heading to Tayto Park’s over the festive season why get an annual membership for someone or a daily family gift cards, which give beneficiaries a great outdoor gift packed with fun and thrilling attractions. Family passes start from just €40 and annual passes from €120, they are the perfect gifts this Christmas for any family. See www. for further information.

Looking festive… Funky Christmas Jumper - HB Jesus €39.99

GR ANNIES’ knitted woollies are becoming even more on trend than the LBD with Christmas jumpers making a massive comeback over the past few years. If you don’t have a creative granny to make one, pop-up shops and online outlets are all making waves to have the most unique and stylish woollies this Christmas. The Christmas jumper would be an ideal Christmas present for the whole family. Here are a couple of outlets to give you an idea of what’s out there.

Deadly Christmas Jumper - Bleedin Deadly €39.95

Deadly Christmas Jumpers, created by brothers Dave and Fergal Madden, is back and ready to spread humour, seasonal style and warmth with its new Christmas collection of Deadly Christmas Jumpers, chuckle worthy T-shirts, humorous hats and mirth inducing mugs. This is the third year it has supplied themed garments. It has a large selection of handmade woollen jumpers (from €29.95) and cardigans (from €39.95) for adults

and kids, Deadly Christmas Tees (from €15.95) and woolly hats (from €11.95) as well as fun mugs (from €8) will once again be available to buy in store. The new Deadly Christmas Jumpers Dublin City Centre premises location is Top Secret for the moment, and opens sometime this month. Purchases can also be made at the online store Meanwhile, Funky Christmas Jumpers also went live recently and its store was launched last

Funky Christmas Jumper - Santa and Rudolf €39.99

week at 60 South William Street, Dublin 2. The Irish-owned company run by Fabio Molle and Donal McSharry opened with its biggest collection of jumpers to date. Founded six years ago, the business has gone from strength to strength and now ships worldwide. New jumper designs this year include Bling Santa, Happy Birthday Jesus and Tangled Penguin. Having trouble deciding? Opt for the Funky Secret Santa – a jumper chosen specially by the Funky

Christmas Elf along with a surprise present for just €39.99. For further information, see www. funkychristmasjumpers. com. Heatons also have their own affordable range for kids and adults alike who are hoping to spread the Christmas word in a different way this year. Their range is available in all Heatons stores across Dublin including Blanchardstown and Carrickmines, or online at www.heatonsstores. com.

The perfect country escape near the best of city shopping OFFERING a range of Christmas gift offers, the four-star Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa provides a luxurious country escape while close to all the attractions and shopping thrills of Dublin city. Choose from a range of gift vouchers to enjoy all Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa has

to offer. From an exceptional dining experience in The Ivy restaurant or the relaxing and rejuvenating treatments available from the expert spa team at Seoid Spa. Set over three floors, Seoid Spa is one of Ireland’s most extensive thermal treatment facilities. To really impress, why not

treat your loved one to a variety of exclusive events from an intimate night of laughter and memories in An Evening with Gay Byrne on January 23, a special presentation of expert gardening tips from Ireland’s best-loved gardening personality Dermot O’Neill on March 13 or a delicious cookery dem-

onstration from TV chef Neven Maguire on May 7. Tickets

Tickets for the exclusive range of events are €20 with a special early-bird dining menu available in The Ivy at €25 per person. Enjoy luxury overnight rates from only €79 pps.


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Shane O’Sullivan with Georgia Salpa and (below) Vanessa fromThe Saturdays

Longchamp bag €325

Oooh la la ... Longchamp arrives with bags of style The first Easilocks has opened in Blanchardstown which offers a high quality hair extension system that is affordable

The easy way to long locks  LAURA WEBB

EASILOCKS is fast become a household name within the celebrity circuit, but now, thanks to founder Shane O’Sullivan, hair extensions are easy to come by for all beauty buffs. The first Easilocks kiosk opened in Blanchardstown last month and there has been a great reaction to it. According to a spokesperson for the brand, there is a really big demand for a high quality hair extension system that is affordable. “Our staff are fully qualified hair stylists and

have extensive training and knowledge in the Easilocks and hair extension system. The kiosk is the first of its kind in this country that specialises in hair extension application.” Easilocks offers a human hair extension system which is safe and easy to apply to natural hair. There is no bonding, glue or braiding involved. Short hair can become long and lustrous overnight, while thin hair can also benefit from the extensions which provide more thickness. The store also carries an extensive range of hair accessories and clip

• DO secure the hair with one hand while detangling. • Always brush the ends first and work upwards. • Easilocks recommend you brush the scalp at least twice a day to keep your extensions clean at the root area. • Brush you hair extensions before you wash or have a chemical service (ie color etc). • When shampooing your hair, work vertically not horizontally or in a circular motion, this will

in extensions made from both Japanese fibres and human hair. It offers walk-in free consultations and the price for a full head of extensions start at €74.99. Straightening

The new kiosk also offers a dry styling service with GHD and Cloud Nine straightening and curling from €15 to €35, depending on the length and volume of the client’s hair. The sister salon, Ebano, is located in Dublin’s Stores Street. Shane O’Sullivan established the Easilocks

create fewer tangles. • Only condition the hair from the ponytail down and avoid the root area and where the locks are. However, you can be quite generous with conditioner on the extension hair. • Always use leave-in conditioner on the ends to keep extensions looking silky. • Gather hair in a loose side ponytail or loose braid whilst sleeping to avoid tangling at night.

brand in 2011 and the famil-owned Irish business is the fastest growing hair extension brand in the UK and Ireland. Born in Dublin, Shane recently moved to London, to be near his many celebrity friends who use the product on a regular basis, including Katie Price, Rochelle and Vanessa from The Saturdays, Georgia Salpa and Alex Gerrard. His hair journey started at a young age working alongside his father, John. He went on to be honoured by Vidal Sassoon as colourist of the year at the age of just 18. He

then earned his scissors as a l’Oreal professional colour specialist receiving his degree. Over the last five years he has spent the last five years searching for the perfect hair extension solution worldwide. A number of other stores throughout the country stock Easilocks and a full list of locations are available on their website www.easlilocks. com For those lucky enough to have used the Easilocks hair extensions or who are thinking about it, here are some Do’s and Don’ts you will need to know...

Do’s and Don’ts • DON’T go to bed with wet hair

• Don’t condition the scalp area with conditioner • Don’t wash upside down and avoid circular motions when shampooing • Don’t attempt to maintain your extensions yourself. Any issues? Leave it to the professionals. • Don’t leave your hair wet for long periods of time without

untangling it, as the extensions may become matted.

• Don’t leave your Easilocks in for longer than three months or 10 weeks if the natural hair is fine. If they are left in longer than the recommended time, some damage may occur. • Don’t use ANY hot tools on your extensions without protecting the hair with heat protection oil.

FRENCH luxury Longchamp has arrived at Harvey Nichols Dublin with a range of classic pliage bags, leather statement bags and a selection of leather luggage. Longchamp’s luggage and handbags have a worldwide reputation for craftsmanship and quality. The international brand has maintained momentum and energy across the decades. It epitomises French flair, fresh and inspiring creativity, as well as sharing the active lives of women across the world who enjoy a touch of luxury every day. Refreshing advertising campaigns and exciting collaborations with artists underline the contemporary and sometimes playful spirit of Longchamp. Longchamp is available at Harvey Nichols Dublin now and prices start at €48. Harvey Nichols is located at Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16.

Moustaches a la Moda IT’S Movember, and this year fashion retailer Vero Moda will be raising money for the cause and also awareness. The goal of Movember is to change the face of men’s health by raising money, and most importantly awareness for prostate cancer and other male cancers. This month Vero Moda will not only bring fashionable choices for fashion loving women on to the high street, but is having some fun by placing moustaches in the dressing rooms of all their stores during November. The customer can snap a picture of herself wearing a moustache and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #veromodamo. Each shared photo will generate a donation of 10 cents to the Movember organisation.


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The Signature Tastes range features more than 200 top-tier own-brand products

Signature flavours from a Super range SUPERVALU’S new Signature Tastes range has been launched, with more than 200 top-tier ownbrand products that are keeping many Dubliners happy in their bellies and their pockets. The affordable luxury range includes some of its most popular products from previous SuperValu Supreme and Superquinn SQ ranges. According to the supermarket giant, the real heroes of this range are the suppliers, with 80% of them being Irish. Dunn’s Seafare, O’Brien’s Fine Foods, Cooleeney Cheese and Carty Meats are just some of the many suppliers creating the unique selection of products available in all 225 SuperValu and Superquinn stores nationwide. On tasting some of the range, including its mango chutney relish, Thai chilli and red pepper hand-cooked crisps, duck and Belgian biscuits – it is clear that this range is going to be a hit with shoppers. Commenting on the launch, Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu said: “The top end of the own-brand market is growing because consumers want to enjoy great food at home, but at a good price. “We have tested every single product [we have] versus the best equivalent, and we believe we have developed a range that will excite and delight consumers. “Additionally, as we promised when we announced the Superquinn name change, we have amalgamated the best-selling products from the SuperValu and SQ tier ranges into the SuperValu Signature Tastes collection.” For further information on SuperValu Signature Tastes and SuperValu local suppliers, see or drop into your local SuperValu.

Laura Webb and her son, Dylan, are delighted to share some cooking time, with help from top chef Neven Maguire

classes: top chef has great family-friendly recipes to try

Neven knows best for kids  laura webb

CELEBRITY chef Neven Maguire took time out of his busy schedule to showcase some easy recipes that can be cooked at home with the whole family. The restaurateur recently hosted a cooking demonstration at DIT’s culinary arts and food technology school at Cathal Brugha Street as part of his ambassador role with Ben’s Beginners, an initiative by Uncle Ben’s Ireland. I headed over to the cooking demonstration with my son, Dylan, to see how Neven planned to bring cooking back to the home kitchen. According to Neven, teaching kids about food at a young age is an important factor in their lives and getting them involved in preparing their daily meals is a key element to getting them interested in food. He said: “I developed my love of food cook-

ing with my mother in the kitchen at home. It is something special we shared together, that the whole family benefited from, and it is a passion that I, in turn, actively nurture with my family in the kitchen at home. “I passionately believe that good food leads to good outcomes for a family’s health and general wellbeing. What’s more, great-tasting, healthy meals do not take long to prepare and are fun to make together with your children,” he said. On the day, Neven, with help from his sous chef at MacNean House and Restaurant, Olivia, cooked two dishes – sweet and sour pork with fruit salsa and pilau rice, and a delicious apple tart. Each recipe was easy to put together and didn’t take too long to make, making it a perfect dish for busy families. The end result was tasty, but the most interesting part

A child-friendly recipe that’s easy to make is sweet and sour pork with fruit salsa

was seeing the kids enjoy what they made and they were more willing to test it than if it had just been presented to them. T he culinar y ar ts school, which has more than 2,000 students, was a perfect setting for the demonstration and gave kids a sneak preview of how a professional kitchen works. The kids took a big interest in the demonstration and showed off their knowledge of food when

Neven asked what fruit was used in the fruit salsa, and what spices were used in the sweet and sour sauce. In a real classroom setting, the kids put up their hands and shouted out – mango and ginger – much to the delight of their chef. The Ben’s Beginners programme calls on children to get cooking. The programme seeks to encourage mums and dads to get cooking with their children, and move

from setting the table to cooking together. As part of its programme, Ben’s Beginners asked families across Ireland to showcase their signature dish by uploading a video, with a winner chosen by the public. This got a lot of attention, with hundreds of families showing their interest in cooking at home. You can follow the programme online at w w UncleBensIreland.

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book review: Award-winning journalist tells of woman’s life and death

The disgrace of Savita, the shame of a nation

 Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Last month marked the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died in Galway University Hospital in Galway in October 2012, after intense suffering over three days. Savita: The Tragedy that Shook a Nation, by Irish Times journalist of the year Kitty Holland, focuses on an Indian dentist whose dream of making a life in Ireland ended in an intensive care unit with organ failure and a team of medical experts delivering CPR. Savita was admitted to the hospital when 17 weeks pregnant with her first child with husband Praveen. She was miscarrying but was told to wait for the miscarriage to take its course as doctors and midwives could not perform a medical termination due to Irish law and the presence of a foetal heartbeat. Twenty years previously, the situation of a 14-yearold pregnant rape victim who was not allowed an abortion under Irish law, finally won the right to travel to England to

Kitty Holland’s account of Savita Halappanavar’s death is told

terminate her pregnancy through a Supreme Court ruling. This case, commonly known as the X case, should have been legislated on to determine precisely when a doctor was permitted to intervene and perform a medical termination to save a mother’s life. But

at the time of Savita’s admittance, the legislation was still outstanding and doctors still lacked legal certainy. Hence Savita’s miscarriage took its course without medical intervention. Kitty Holland, who broke the story of Savita, has now written a com-

greater clarity for doctors handling such cases. The new legislation resulted in five Fine Gael TDs and a minister losing their positions as conscientious objectors to abortion in the case of suicide. Throughout the whole ordeal, the shin-

prehensive account of how the tragedy unfolded in blow-by-blow detail, and the political conflagration and subsequent passing in the Dail of the Protection Of Life During Pregnancy Bill in July this year.

the doctors failed to act to save Savita’s life. The inquest into her death, conducted by Dr Ciaran McLoughlin in Galway, was the longest in the State’s history. Several doctors and midwives on duty in the lead up to her death were



Despite the coverage of Savita’s case at the time it happened and the investigations and inquest into her death, Holland’s book is still a shocking read as it details the abysmal neglect uncovered at the Galway hospital which led to Savita being left to lie on a bed after her membranes had ruptured with a slowly dying foetus inside her and sepsis taking hold. Harrowing is not the word. Yet the book evokes anger most of all. While reading of the inadequacies rampant at that hospital and the lack of communication between doctors and midwives as they changed shift, lost blood samples and failed to monitor Savita’s vital functions, it is impossible not to wonder why

‘If the Irish law on abortion is changed, I would think my daughter has been sacrificed for a good cause’


Savita Halappanavar’s father


called to give evidence. It was here that Praveen’s allegation that he and his wife were told a medical termination would not be possible because Ireland was a Catholic country was verified by the midwife who said it. This statement caused international consternation and disbelief that Ireland could make such a call when the life of a pregnant woman was hanging in the balance. Global news agencies took up the debate which eventually came full circle back to Ireland, forcing the government into legislating for

ing light was Praveen, Savita’s husband. He carried himself with immense dignity, never stopping in his quest for justice for his wife. Praveen said that maybe Savita had been born to change things in Ireland; a sentiment echoed by Savita’s father, Andanappa Yalagi: “If the Irish law on abortion is changed, I would think my daughter has been sacrificed for a good cause.” Savita: The Tragedy that Shook a Nation by Kitty Holland is published by Transworld Ireland and costs €15.99.




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Beyond the Brooklyn Sky The Red Kettle Theatre Company is bringing the acclaimed production of Beyond the Brooklyn Sky by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy, a huge critical and commercial success at the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival, back to the Pavilion Theatre on November 15 and 16. The story of emigration and return is hugely pertinent in the year of The Gathering, and has been described as “Startlingly relevant and entirely convincing” by The Irish Times. Tickets cost €20/16.

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David Mamet’s powerful play about power – two people using and abusing it – each in turn taking and losing control of an emotional powder keg comes to the Mill. The play runs from November 13-16 at 8.15pm; tickets priced €12/€10.

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The Witches of Eastwick A DEVILISHLY handsome stranger in town soon stirs up the emotions – and powers – of three bored divorcees, who decide to teach him a lesson ... This entertaining production, by Harold’s Cross Tallaght Musical Society and based on the film of John Updike’s novel, runs at 8pm from November 12-16; tickets priced €18/€16.

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FastSport Coaching workshop at NDSL academy:

Luke Byrne (right) and Shamrock Rovers’ manager Trevor Croly as he signed the agreement to join the club last week

soccer: howth native byrne second signing in closed season for croly

Rising star of north county moves to Shamrock Rovers Shamrock Rovers last week confirmed the signing of 20-year-old defender, Luke Byrne, who spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons playing in the Airtricity League, Premier Division for Bohemians. Byrne started playing with Howth Celtic from the age of six until 11, when he transferred to St Kevin’s for his first taste of competitive 11-a-side. He was with Kevin’s for four years before going to Home Farm for three years. At the end of his last season with Home Farm, Byrne went into the under-

age set-up at Bohemians, becoming part of the Under-19 squad. He was quickly brought into the reserve set-up, and got his senior debut in the Leinster Senior Cup final against St Pat’s Athletic in October 2011, only two months after joining the club. Although he moved back into the Under-19 set up at the end of that season, Byrne was back in the first team by the turn of the new year, only missing two games in the season, becoming the youngest-ever league captain for Bohemians.

A graduate of the FAS FAI Youth Soccer Training Course, Byrne has also represented Ireland at Under-19 level. In spite of interest from the English Championship and League One, Byrne decided to stay in Ireland to keep playing his first-team football for Rovers. The player is manager Trevor Croly’s second signing ahead of the 2014 season after the club announced that Simon Madden has also signed a deal with Shamrock Rovers. Speaking about his signing, Byrne said: “I’m really excited to be here, I’m

looking forward to playing with great players at a great stadium and under a great manager and I’m looking forward to winning things at Shamrock Rovers. “I didn’t know the manager before I spoke to him, but I had heard that he is a really good coach and when we spoke, I liked the sound of how things are done at Shamrock Rovers and I think it will be a really good place for me to be. “I might still be quite young, but I have played a lot of league games for someone my age and I’m keen to keep pushing myself to get better and better.”

Sport skills tutors The Coach Diary have organised a one-day speed and power coaching workshop at the NDSL Academy at Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development Centre in Coolock on Saturday, December 7. The workshop will focus on developing speed and acceleration for multi-directional sports, covering the theory, coaching methodology and practical demonstrations. The workshop is for both coaches and athletes who want to learn how to develop and coach speed. The workshop runs from 12.30pm to 5.30pm and costs €25. For more information, log on to or email

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SPORT Sky is the limit for Autumn


cycling: adamstown rider looks to future after positive reception

powerchair stars shine in paris event:

Dubliners Josh Dillon and Kevin Gannon recently represented Ireland at an international Powerchair soccer tournament in Paris against teams from the US, Finland, Austria and France. The EPFA International Trophy is a fourday friendly tournament and Ireland sent two teams, with Josh part of the Under-16 team and Kevin in the Under-18 team. Josh from Raheny and Kevin from Bluebell are on the same Fingal Flyers Powerchair team, and train together every Saturday in Corduff Sports Centre in Blanchardstown. As they are on separate Irish international teams, they will be playing against each other. The tournament gave them an opportunity to advance their skills playing against other countries. On their return they will receive an international cap from the FAI for their participation in international sport.


Autumn Collins got a taste of the professional life recently when she was selected to ride for Team Sky’s Future Stars team at the Revolution series at Manchester Velodrome at the end of

October. Collins lined up alongside Grace Garner on Team Sky in the starstudded event, which featured British Olympians Laura Trott and Jason Kenny in front of a capacity crowd. Autumn has been

Autumn with other riders from Team Sky’s Future Stars in Manchester recently

competing for Adamstown Cycling Team on the UK track circuit this season, and the national medallist was delighted when the opportunity arose to ride alongside world class athletes. The Revolution series is significant in that it not only showcases the Oly mpic and World champions, but also provides a platform for emerging talent through the Future Stars series. This event showcases the top 20 Under-16 cyclists that have competed on the British circuit this summer. Gazette Sport spoke to Autumn’s coach, Liam Collins, who explained how the Future Stars series works. “The riders are put in the team environment

Autumn Collins in Adamstown colours

where they are working with other riders in front of the size of crowd and TV cameras to get them used to the environment they would experience in the future should they graduate to the next level in the sport.”

Planning Liam explained that Autumn’s rise in the sport has been carefully planned. “We have a view that you really do not start putting any effort into formal coaching until 15 or 16. I have seen far too many burn outs when kids have been coached at 12, 13 or 14, and suddenly they fall apart at 15 or 16. Autumn has been exposed to this

level from June of this year, and it has been a rocket ship to a higher level straight away. “We brought her to England to expose her to the level she needs to get to, and if she liked it, she would be aware of the level she needs to get to. It’s a good exposure to the sport and a good time to get that exposure.” Autumn’s selection by Team Sky was accompanied by other plaudits at the event. “She was singled out by one of the coaches in Manchester who said she was a natural. The team (Sky) came back and said they were very happy with her attitude and application to the tasks. They gave her

some training tips, and they are looking to bring her back for the January round in Glasgow.” Certainly a prospect for the future, Autumn and her coach are aware of what she needs to do to reach the next level in the sport. “Autumn has all the technical skills, and now she needs to apply herself to the fitness side of things. She can ride in a bunch, but the hard part is the physical training. But that is what Sky picked out when they spoke to her - she ticks a lot of boxes, but needs to get fitter now. She has taken that on board, and is keen to apply herself to take part. It won’t come without hard work and effort.”

Schools rugby sevens a great success at Railway Union 

Girls sevens rugby at Railway Union recently

ST LOUIS and Newpark claimed the senior and junior trophies respectively at the Railway Girls schools sevens last week. Having been beaten in the final last April, St Louis were determined to go one better this time around. They accounted for a strong Muckross side in the semi-final. Muckross, who were ably led by Aoibhin Dwan, made all of the early running with Claire Cashman, Rachel Sparrow and Sophie Farnan dominating

the early exchanges. However, the loss of star player Aisling McCann in the group stages turned the tide against them and, with such a high level of competition, this loss proved catastrophic. The final kicked off under floodlights in front of a large crowd, which included Irish coach Stan McDowell. Stacey Flood, who played a captain’s part all day, claimed two early tries to help St Louis race into a 10-0 lead. With Eve Higgins pulling the strings at halfback, St Mac Dara’s continued to probe

and strong carries from Katie McGowan, Jojo Clune, Roisin Tisdall and Caoimhe Guerin kept asking questions of the St Louis defence, before the excellent Lisa Callan broke numerous tackles to put the score to 10-5 and set up a grandstand finish. St Mac Dara’s piled on the pressure and were only kept at bay by a huge defensive effort, with Hannah Hegarty, Emma Young and Eleanor Burke, in particular, to the fore. Despite being kept in their own half for most of the second half, St Louis held out to erase memo-

ries of their previous final loss to claim the title in what was a highly entertaining and nailbiting final. The Junior Competition was extremely competitive, with no little skill on show. St Louis and debutants Newpark emerged from the pack to face each other in the final. Newpark, for whom Darerca Lockhart-Keogh, Ciara Young, Katie Somers and Sophie Phelan stood out, raced into a lead which they never gave up to claim victory in their first schools sevens tournament.

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Harrington hails O’Driscoll influence Gazette Sport caught up with the Stackstown Golf Club man and double major winner at the Convention Centre last week as he came to salute the career of the Ireland rugby legend  paul healy

No str anger to glittering success on the world stage himself, Rathfarnham’s Padraig Harrington was just one of the array of sporting legends that took to the Green Carpet of the Convention Centre at the beginning of November for The Brian O’Driscoll Testimonial event. Speaking exclusively to Gazette Sport immediately before the tribute night for the Clontarfborn rugby icon, the two-time Open championship winner and 2008 PGA champion outlined why he held O’Driscoll in such great esteem. “Brian’s career has been unbelievable. I look at his commitment

throughout his career the way he’s played with passion. Obviously he’s a very exciting player and obviously he’s a very talented player but there have been plenty of those in sport so I would tend to look through that and see his undivided commitment through the years to the game [of rugby]. “How he’s changed as a player as well and adapted his skills to play a slightly different game than he would have played as a younger man.” The six-time Ryder Cup European team member went on to expound on the theme of how professional sportsmen - himself including - have to adapt their game over time and with

age, and why he rated the record breaking 125times capped former Irish rugby captain as remarkable in that sense. “I would learn lessons from all sports people, including Brian. I would be looking at other sports people with a slightly different eye [as a professional golfer] than most people, and I would see how Brian has adapted his career, he has changed his strengths. “He’s gone from being an incredibly talented, skilful player to a captain - someone who leads by example on the pitch, and that’s an interesting change for somebody who comes from the talented side. Very rarely do you see that. “Talented players tend to do their own thing and

Padraig Harrington and wife Caroline at the Brian O’Driscoll testimonial last week

be exceptional on the field, but it’s very few of them actually cross the line to being a leader on the pitch and somebody that everyone else can look up to, and Brian did it. “Towards the later part of his career, he did change the way he

wouldn’t realise is that I can go down to South Africa and I can have a young guy caddying who’s come from a township and I say I’m from Ireland… he doesn’t know where Ireland is. He doesn’t know anything about Ireland but, with a little thinking,


‘When you travel the world and you talk about rugby, people will always talk about Brian O’Driscoll’ - Padraig Harrington


played. He’d be known for his tackling now as much as anything else, which is an incredible thing.” Even given his own instantly recognisable profile as one of the world’s leading golfers, the former Stackstown Golf Club player also highlighted just how well known Brian O‘Driscoll is on that same global sporting stage. “Probably the most startling fact with Brian is when you travel the world and you talk about rugby, people will always name Brian O’Driscoll in their greatest team ever, which is quite impressive when you’re talking to an Australian or a New Zealander or South African. They’ll all pull Brian’s name out of the hat. “Another thing that people here in Ireland

he says ‘Oh yeah, Brian O’Driscoll’, and that’s how he knows Ireland.” Harrington - whose old secondary school in Rathfarnham, Colaiste Eanna, has the unique distinction of having produced two Ryder Cup golfers with Paul McGinley a former pupil also - concluded by reiterating how the rugby star’s ability to adjust was such a huge sporting feat. “He’s still able to do the spectacular but he’s doing the spectacular now based on experience rather than just raw talent. Most talented players go by the wayside very quickly once age comes on or there’s always somebody younger who is a little quicker than them but Brian really did adapt which could be his greatest achievement overall.”


Dublin legends help launch Giro in Ireland in 2014 Cycling legends Nicolas and Stephen Roche joined Fiona Cunningham from Clontarf who heads up the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) Dublin office at the recent Cycling Ireland Annual Awards which were held in the O’Callaghan Alexandra Hotel in Dublin. NITB were promoting the 2014 Giro d’Italia cycle race which will see more than 200 of the world’s best cyclists from over 30 countries arriving in Northern Ireland for what’s known as the Grande Partenza (Big Start) in Belfast on Friday, May 9 next year. Racing will continue on Saturday, May 10 in the Greater Belfast area and takes in the scenic North Antrim Coast before concluding on Sunday, May 11, with a road stage from Armagh to Dublin. Anyone wanting to attend the Giro d’Italia Grand Partenza should contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on Callsave 1850 230 230 or by clicking on

RLI announce new deck of coaching aids Rugby League Ireland, in partnership with Elevate Sports Solutions, have developed a unique coaching aid that should interest coaches from novice to senior level. Based on a pack of playing cards, the innovative product has been all the talk ahead of the rugby league World Cup, currently taking place in England, Wales

and Ireland, and was officially launched at the Rugby League International Federation AGM on the eve of the World Cup. In a handy pocketsized pack of cards, there are 52 coaching drills that cover the four skill categories of decision-making and kicking, passing and handling, agility drills and support plays, and shielding and regaining possession. Packs retail for €16.99 and can be ordered by emailing and stating the number of packs required.


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boxing: all-female bouts deliver impressive results

Westmanstown to host U-18 interprovincials Action from one of the bouts on the card at St Anne’s National Schools recently when Esker Boxing Club held their recent evening

Westmanstown RFC are set to host one of the biggest days in the underage rugby calendar on November 16. Teams representing the four provinces will travel to the west Dublin club to compete in the Under-18 girls Interprovincial blitz on what promises to be a great day of rugby. Munster will travel to Westmanstown as holders and favourites; however, Leinster will feel they are in with a real chance, with new coach Shane McDonald ensuring that the team are well prepared for the matches against the other provinces. There will be two rounds of matches, with Leinster playing at 1pm and at 2.30pm. Girls’ rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and the club are inviting members of the local community to come along and see how good the standard is. Westmanstown RFC started a girls’ team in March of this year and have gone from strength-to-strength, with two players, Liz Hannigan and Nobukhosi Biyela, making the extended Leinster Under-18 panel, and just missing out on a place in the match-day squad. The club itself play in a league and are always looking for new players. Coach of the Under-15 and Under-18 sides, Lorna O’Connor, explained the appeal of the sport: “Rugby, while it may not be the first sport you would want your daughter to play, is a fantastic sport for girls. “Regardless of your size, shape, fitness or skill level, there is a place on the pitch for you. It develops strength, discipline and skill as well as being a place to have fun and make friends for life. “And, with Ireland sending a womens’ team to the Olympics in Rio, the possibilities for girls coming into the sport are endless.” To find out more about girls’ rugby in Westmanstown, contact Lorna on 086 232 3344.

Esker host historic fight night 

Last weekend saw the first of three shows hosted by Esker Boxing Club at St Anne’s National School, the first of three all-female bouts that the club will host before Christmas. A capacity attendance of over 200 supporters from around Ireland were in attendance to see the revised programme of 18 bouts take place with semi-finals and straight finals also being decided. First into Esker’s new 22-foot championship ring was a 31kg final fea-

turing Whitechurch BC’s Mia Robbins against Erin McHugh from Swinford BC, which saw Mia emerge the victor on a majority decision. Next up was the first of two semi-finals in the 39kg category which pitted Niamh Fay (Bracken) against Molly Rowley (Swinford), which Fay won on a unaminous decision that put her into the final on Saturday, December 14 against Erin Bennett (Geesala) who won the other semi-final against Chantelle Spencer (Golden Cobra). Between the ropes next was Saoirse Cole

line out on line Ireland’s finest launch 02 rugby application PAUL O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and

Jonathan Sexton were on hand last week to support the launch of a new app for rugby supporters. The app will provide breaking news, fixtures and real time results as well as exclusive content and competitions. Supporters can download the free app now for iPhone and Android to stay connected throughout the current series of internationals. Picture: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

(Curragh) and Tara Barrett (Geesala) in an absorbing encounter where both boxers displayed courage, skill and dedication throughout the three rounds. Barrett emerged after the judges scores were handed up. Sarah Edge (Ryston) claimed a split decision against Chloe Moore (Swinford) and will face Angela Costello (Geesala) in the final in December. The next pair of bouts were in the 60kg category and saw Jade Kennedy (Donore) and Lauren Kelly progress to their final on 16th November.

Shannon Reilly (Bray) and Danielle Ginnelly (Geesala) were in next in a final and both girls gave everything in an absorbing encounter in which Ginnelly emerged with gold. Aoife Hennigan (Swinford) and Grainne Walsh (Spartacus) fought what very well could be a future senior final in the next encounter. Walsh came back after a first round that Hennigan dominated to win a majority verdict. Shanice Hennessey (Cherry Orchard) won in what would be a national final on any other night

in a semi-final to progress to a final against Megan Hannigan (St Brigid’s). Jess Hunt (Bray) progressed to the final by the narrowest of margins in her bout. Last up and easily the bout of the night featured Kayleigh Tobin (St Brigid’s) against Emma Flannery (Baldoyle), and Flannery’s hand was raised whilst the beaten but unbowed Tobin picked up a deserved boxer of the night award. The next card on Saturday, November 16 will feature 26 bouts, before the finals on December 14.

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all-ireland all star

Club Noticeboard

Rushe honoured for season’s successes

lucan sarsfields

st pat’s palmerstown’s Liam Rushe was

one of three Dublin hurlers honoured for their performances in blue at the 2013 GAA GPA All-Star award, sponsored by Opel, which were presented in Croke Park last week. Alongside Rushe, Peter Kelly from Lucan Sarsfields and Danny Sutcliffe from St Jude’s were all honoured.

Hard luck to our senior hurlers on

juvenile section (U-17) to take part

losing the county final by three points

and represent their club.If you are

on Sunday. We are sure this group will

interested, contact Stiofan O Cong-

give the club plenty more great days

haile on 087 680 4124.

in the years ahead.

Friday night in the clubhouse bar.

local businesses for their massive

Set dancing classes continue each

support over the last few weeks.

Wednesday at 8.30pm in the club-

The U-21 hurlers play championship this Saturday against Brigid’s in

Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

the 12th Lock at 2.30pm.

hurling: sarsfields just outdone by st Enda’s

The 25-card drive continues each

Thanks to our members and all the

house. Our nurseries continue each Saturday at 1.30pm on the all-weather

The senior footballers are in the

pitch at our clubhouse grounds at the

Division 1 relegation play-off against

12th Lock coached by the Dublin sen-

St Mary’s in Saggart on Sunday morn-

ior hurling captain Johnny McCaffrey.

ing at 11am. All support appreciated.

Football and hurling for boys born in

The senior football B champion-

2007, 2008 and 2009. Football for girls

ship quarter-final will take place on

born in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and cam-

Wednesday, November 20, vs Clontarf

ogie for girls aged 6 and over. No need

in Clontarf at 7.30pm.

to pre-register. Just show up on the

Our AGM will take place on Thursday 21st November.

day. This week’s lotto numbers were

The Scor na nOg Dublin semi-final

15, 17, 25 and 27. There was no winner.

will be hosted by Lucan Sarsfields on

Next week’s jackpot €12,500. Gerry

Thursday, November 14, at 8pm. Look-

McAndrew’s team will be in charge

ing for talented members from our

next Sunday.

st pat’s palmerstown

Lucan Sarsfields Kevin O’Reilly and Ballyboden St Enda’s Malachy Travers in action at Parnell Park

Lucan denied historic victory in Dublin final dublin shc final Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-13 Lucan Sarsfields 0-10  stephen findlater

DESPITE Kevin O’Reilly’s dashing heroics, Lucan Sarsfields’ first venture into Dublin SHC final territory came up just short as they could not finding the scoring positions to cause a shock win last Sunday in Parnell Park. With Maurice Nagle sent off and Lucan proving far more resolute than their pre-match billing with the bookies – some offering 6/1 to win – the last 13 minutes could have proven a ground for heroes.

But Boden – and in particular Conal Keaney – used all their experience to nab their sixth crown in the last seven years. Keaney’s earlier point to make it 0-10 to 0-8 had punctured a Lucan spell in the ascendancy, while his muscular presence earned a string of key frees down the closing stretch to see his Ballyboden St Enda’s side close out a three-point win. They were key moments in an engaging though not overly high quality affair on a heavy surface. A virtuoso performance from O’Reilly threatened at times to give maiden finalists Lucan a run at the title.

But Boden’s raw physical strength saw them add to the Minor A crown won by the club earlier in the day. Lucan snuck ahead a couple of times in the opening half, O’Reilly clipping four points, the pick of which came from some swashbuckling midfield work by Johnny McCaffrey. Boden, however, closed the half the stronger, grinding out three points in succession with the impressive Niall McMorrow augmenting a series of Paul Ryan scores to make it 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. And that was the margin that would remain at

the end though Lucan were within a point when O’Reilly landed a monster point in the 41st minute. The reply though was instant as Keaney picked the puck-out and got enough space to clip over a key point in the flow of the game. Nagle was sent off for a swing at Rob Lambert – his second yellow – soon after but Lucan could not take advantage as Gary Maguire mopped up everything that came his way. They continued to hold their nerve as Keaney set up David Curtin for another critical score and keep Lucan at arm’s length.

Lotto: There was no winner, meaning

match left at home vs Commercials ,

the jackpot increases to €8,600 for

hoping for another to end our fantas-

next week.

tic season.

To be in with a chance to win make

Not such a good weekend for the

sure you get your €2 during the week

U-13 hurlers who had a bad day at the

from SuperValu, Peadar Kelly’s, Palm-

office in promotion play-off vs Com-

erstown House, Chapelizod Post Office


or Mullingar House.

Congratulations to the Dublin senior

Congratulations to Donal O’Mahony

hurlers and footballers who received

winner of our dream draw seller’s

their AllStar awards on Friday. Special


mention to our own Liam Rushe who

Many thanks to all our sellers and

picked up his 2nd AllStar

especially to the team leaders who

A Foundation GAA Coaching course

delivered and collected books as well

will be run on Thurs 21st and 28th Nov

as encouraging sales. The final profit

7.30-9.30 in the Clubhouse. Anyone

will be announced soon when we have

aged over 16 may take part. Book your

all the sums complete.

spot with David Needham 086 3101034

St Pat’s U-13 camogie team had an

The Annual Club Mass for deceased

amazing win over St Finian’s in Swords

members family and friends will take

on Sunday morning in a league match .

place in the clubhouse on Saturday,

They remain unbeaten and top of their

November 23 at 8pm. Everyone wel-

league. Welldone to all the girls , one

come to attend.

round tower clondalkin Congratulations to the U-16 foot-

queries should be directed to the sec-

ballers who defeated St Peter’s in the

retary at the earliest opportunity.

league final.

The U-13B football team will hold a

The junior footballers defeated St

table quiz on November 14 at 8pm in

Pat’s, Palmerstown. The U-21 foot-

the clubhouse. Entry is €5 pp or €20

ballers lost to St Oliver Plunkett’s in

for a table of four.

the championship. The AGM will take place in the clubrooms on Saturday, November 23 at

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 1, 2, 9 and 19; Bonus Ball 7. There was no winner of the jackpot of €6,800.

5pm. Only paid up members are enti-

Congratulations to The Minister,

tled to attend and only A members

AM Shields and Michael Moran who

are eligible to vote.

were the three €100 winners. There

Any membership status related

was no Match 3 + Bonus Ball winner.

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november 14, 2013

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irish pride: Padraig Harrington at the Brian O’Driscoll testimonial P29

Losing side are the pride of Lucan  stephen findlater

IT WAS not to be first time lucky, but the manner in which Lucan Sarsfields went toe to toe with Ballyboden St Enda’s in the Dublin senior hurling championship final last Sunday in Parnell Park left manager Damian Fox immensely proud of his charges. Written off as rank outsiders in some quarters, they led twice in the first half and were only once more than a score behind a fancied Boden who landed their sixth title in seven years, grinding out a 0-13 to 0-10 win. With decorated stars like Conal

Keaney and Paul Ryan to the fore, they had the extra bit of knowhow down the closing quarter, something that Fox felt was key in the final exchanges. “T hey’re a seasoned side. They’ve been around a good few years; they knew how to get the scores. “We did keep going until the very end, but then I felt we needed to get ahead, to have any chance of winning. We just couldn’t seem to get that score. “They knew how to hold on to the ball and to throw it around, when the occasion demanded. But I’m proud of these players, and bitterly disappointed for

them.” He added that an earlier final might have suited his young crew better as the soft, heavy conditions led to numerous physical spells. “This time of year suits them a bit better than maybe two or three months ago. If the ground was a bit harder we might have been able to move it around more. They were physically stronger all over the field.” Nonetheless, it was a groundbreaking year for Lucan’s hurlers as they broke the semi-final spell that had beset them in recent times to reach their first ever final.

It brought with them one of the biggest supports seen in the county hurling final in recent years and galvanised a village in support. On top of that, the club was celebrating an All-Star as last Thursday, Peter Kelly was named in the backs for the honours team. Speaking recently about what that means to the club, former Lucan manager and long-time mentor Sean McCaffrey said: “Peter winning an All Star is a huge boost for the club. He is one of those players that every single youngster in the club would look up to, so this can only inspire more of them to bigger and better A disappointed Johnny McCaffrey at the end of the Dublin senior hurling final things.”